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New Glarus Unplugged Bourbon Barrel Bock



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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
Sublimely elegant this toffee toned bock is rich with a blend of Wisconsin and German barley malts. Over four months of resting in oak bourbon barrels gives this beer a wonderfully smooth body that will improve and mellow with age. Should you choose to enjoy this classic today, you can expect a treasure of vanilla, oak and carmel notes to be bolstered by hops from France, Slovenia and Germany. Wild Brett yeast sings in harmony to the tune of Bock. 20 degrees Plato OG makes this bourbon barrel a masterwork to remember.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
StevoSP (1) - - JAN 27, 2012 does not count
Only available in Wisconsin. Great flavor and aroma. Dont drink it right out of the fridge, pour it into a glass and let it warm up for 5 minutes or so, it really releases the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark ruby/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing. Complex aroma with a prominent barrel character that doesn’t overpower the sweet and roasted malt notes. Hints of toasted oak, vanilla and bourbon along with some caramel sweetness, chocolate malt, toffee burnt toast and hazelnut. Medium bodied with some soft carbonation up font and a well integrated barrel presence that lingers throughout with becoming a booze bomb. Dry toasted oak along with some vanilla and coconut smooth out the sweet bourbon flavor and there are plenty of sweet and roasted malt notes underneath preventing it from becoming one dimensional. Hints of toffee, caramel, hazelnut, dark fruit and choclate as well as some dry, roasted coffee bean. Complex yet very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle from Breeze Thru, cellar aged about a year. Pours reddish brown with many small bubbles not breaking the surface. Aroma has toffee, vanilla, vinious fruits. Taste brings vanilla, sour fruit, some caramel, some brown sugar. No bourbon-specific notes. Quite thin. Finishes sweet vanilla and somewhat fruity - not very long with any length being alcohol. Little "bock"y presence. My memory of having this fresh is it was better then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].

Unclear medium amber colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, malt, alcohol, ripped fruit, oxidide malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruit and berry sweet, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20111023]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
[355ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Copper coloured, thin head which reduces pretty quickly to a lacing. Bourbon and cheese on the nose – very strange. The whisky is certainly there, but that faint cheesiness is quite off-putting. Tart, sourish whisky palate. Funky – you can certainly taste the Brett. Yet sweet caramel in there as well. Alright – but maybe too much going on at one, there’s quite a clash in there [15102011]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle at cgarvieuk tasting. Pale copper/gold, no head to speak of. Nose is slightly sulphuric, lots of raisin, big toffee. Similar flavours, slight alcohol burn. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (19734) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin lacing ... cheesy bouron .... toffe malt nose ... funky sour tones ... brett ... soft toffee malt ... some dark sugers ... ok ... if a little weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3653) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Traded bottle. Finally learned my lesson with these NG bottles and left the sediment in the bottle! Guess I can learn after all. Yep this is something pretty different and interesting. Traditional carmely bock with some faint bourbon notes and a hint of sour from the brett. There’s a lot going on here but I think they pulled it off nicely. Not sure on the age of this bottle but it seems very smooth and well "blended."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at a Max tasting (thanks Paul). Pours a clear iced tea with minimal white head. Aroma has sweet notes of marshmallow, toffee cream, and coconut. Flavor is unfortunately papery with some toffee notes. Some bourbon, toffee, and cream in the finish. The cardboard/paper gets in the way. I could tell this was good in it’s day, but it’s now past its peak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle at Max’s impromptu tasting. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Touches of bourbon and old spicy plums. A bit funky. Odd and lightly astringent. Sweet, interesting. Bourbon and an odd sweetness on the finish.

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